When is the best time to go to Barbados I hear you say?
Well, these beautiful islands are best visited from January through to May, this is when it’s driest and least humid.
May is a very good month for a Barbados holiday. Prices for hotels, resorts and flights will dip as there are less tourists as the hurricane season approaches, however, the weather still remains incredibly beautiful and warm, perfect for your trip away.
If travelling after April, you may expect rain and winds as the hurricane season draws near. Hurricane season usually lasts from June to November, with most major storms coming into effect from August till October. As Barbados is positioned at the far eastern part of the Caribbean, most storms tend to bypass this island.
Prices tend to be higher between January and April due to the influx of tourists and as result of the better weather.
Lets get to know Barbados a little better!
Capital City: Bridgetown
Currency used in Barbados: Barbadian dollar is widely used, however, most establishments accept the US Dollar. If you obtain the Barbadian dollar prior to your trip your money will go further.
Airport in Barbados: Grantley Adams International Airport
Visa & Entry Requirements: Must have a valid passport and return ticket. Most countries don’t require a Visa. You can check out any further requirements here.
Average temperatures in Barbados: April through to November are the hottest around 27°C (81°F) and coolest in January at around 26°C (79°F).
When you go to Barbados you will discover an island of luxury blessed with white sandy beaches, turquoise waters and luscious greenery where relaxing in the warm sunlight and getting involved in the local culture is all part of the experience.
Barbados is one of the Caribbean’s most eastern islands, met by two waters, the Caribbean sea on the west side and the Atlantic ocean on the east side of the island. It is just east of St.Vincent and the Grenadines.
You will notice many of the popular luxurious resorts and best swimming beaches are on the west side whilst on the east side of the island where the water is slightly more turbulent, this allows for the best surfing spots.
Now, lets find out what to do whilst your there!
What to do in Barbados
Experience this incredible snorkelling cruise around the west coast of Barbados for a day on a 60-foot (18-meter) catamaran. You’ll be able to dive in and discover the best snorkelling spots and also get the chance to swim around a shipwreck. During your cruise, you have access to unlimited drinks, a light breakfast and lunch.
Take a tram tour through the massive underground cave stream system of Harrison’s Cave. You can view awesome caverns, crystallised formations, stream and waterfalls.
There are over 200 shipwrecks in the waters of Barbados. You will be able to explore a couple of them with a 3-hour dive where you can explore Barbados’ shipwrecks, reefs and stunning marine life.
Get in the water and experience this thrilling water sport that will take you zooming into the air with the power of water blasters. Everything is completely safe and built for flotation and perfect for professionals and beginners. Your instructor will never be more than 50 feet away and guide you through step by step.
Barbados has some incredible festivals, let’s check them out!
Culture & Festivities
Barbados’ culture has been shaped by West African and English descents. The majority of the island’s population is from an African descent although the island was under rule of the British empire for over 300 years so there is still a very strong presence.
Bajans, as they are locally known are very friendly, full of life and celebrate many festivals throughout the year.
This usually runs around August of each year.
It celebrates the history of the sugar industry. A protest against injustice and liberation of an enslaved people. Walking down the streets of Bridgetown you can hear the battling of steel drums whilst Masquerade Bands make their way to Spring Garden highway with revellers dressed in florescent colourful costumes dancing behind music trucks and moving bars.
People line the walkways to see this incredible festival take place. It can often be seen as the best time to go to Barbados just to discover this incredible atmosphere.
Oistins Fish Festival
This festival is generally held at the end of March to the start of April.
A commemoration of those persons involved in the fish industry. This brings people together to enjoy the local cuisine, arts and music and is very popular throughout the island. Try out some of the tasty fresh fish being served here that is all caught locally.
Barbados Holetown Festival
This runs for a week around mid February.
A commemoration of the first settlers on the island of Barbados at Holetown in February 1627. Immerse yourself in the local culture festivities with street parades with tuk band, concerts, sporting events and much more.
Barbados Reggae Festival
Generally held towards the last week in April.
This festival commenced in 2005 and has been a success since. It celebrates reggae music all over the island and has been graced by many successful Reggae performers both local and international.
Check out further information and ticket booking here.
Barbados Rum and Food Festival
A celebration of the culinary heritage of the island where you can enjoy the local food and many types of island’s famous rum. This is usually celebrated in November.
Simply take a walk up the streets of the town of Oistin and you will notice the abundance of fish-fry, barbecue stations and rum shacks. The local speciality is flying fish and is very cheap at around $10.00. Much of the best food can be enjoyed is these small set up food stations.
These beaches are a must visit when you go to Barbados!
Best Beaches in Barbados
Let’s be honest, the main reason to travel to Barbados is to sit and relax on a white sandy beach or take a dip in the beautiful warm turquoise waters.
Being able to indulge with an ice-cold cocktail and enjoy the captivating scenery around you is all part of the experience.
However, if water sports is more your thing there are beaches which have incredible waves for surfing and various other water sports to your disposable.
The pink sand cove of Bottom Bay is protected by high jagged cliffs that stops the wind from blowing in. This beach is located just north of the mansion known as Sam Lord’s Castle on the south-eastern side of Barbados.
It has clean white sand with crystalline waters and perfect for picnics or sunbathing. There is an undertow, so it’s not necessarily the best for swimming but the views alone are spectacular.
Nearer to the car park you will see a couple of vendors selling coconut drinks for you to enjoy but with no food sellers here, it’s advised to take a picnic with you as this is a beach you will want to spend the day at.
Located in Bridgetown, this one of the island’s most popular beaches that stretches a fair distance around the island’s coast. Waves here are moderate so swimming, boogie boarding and snorkelling are all very safe here, perfect for families with small children.
You can rent chairs and umbrellas from vendors on the beach for around $30 BDS.
Located 1 mile north of Holetown.
This idyllic golden sand beach provides many water related activities and also holds a marine museum.
The water here is clear, calm and very safe for swimming. Why not try snorkelling along the fringe reef or anchor here in a private boat and take in all the beauty of this area?
Folkstone is a popular diving location for more experienced divers as you can will be able to see a sunken ship 120 feet below the surface, just half a mile out to sea.
Another very popular beach to visit, located just north of Gibbes.
This white sandy beach is perfect for relaxing on a sun lounger or snorkelling in the tranquil waters. There are water sport vendors on the beach where you try out jet skiing or parasailing.
Food and drink vendors walk up and down the beach providing tasty snacks.
Located at the most southern point of Barbados, this beach is perfect for windsurfing. Silver Sands is recognized as a world-class beach for this sport.
Every February, the Waterman Festival is held here, a competitive contest for surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing.
Take a 35-minute drive to the south-east from the capital of Bridgetown and you will discover Crane beach.
One of the most beautiful beaches in Barbados, it used to be a harbour but has been transformed into a idyllic beach of paradise.
The waves here are perfect for beginner surfers and the coastal coves allow for swimming close to the shore.
Locals here sell tasty cocktails in coconuts which are very cheap and certainly make a warm day a lot easier to sunbathe in.
You can also rent sun loungers and umbrellas for around $20 from the local vendor.
Travel to the east side of Barbados, around a 31-minute drive from the capital of Bridgetown and you will come across one of the most visited beaches on the island.
This beach is very popular for surfing with a section of it known locally as the ‘soup bowl’. This brings surfers from around the world to try out it’s incredible waves.
Here you can also view the breathtaking scenery, relax and sunbath or there is also ‘pools’ where you can cool off in the crystal waters.
Where to stay and relax in luxury
Barbados has many luxury resorts and villas throughout the island and when staying on this beautiful scenic island, you want to make sure that luxury and indulgence go hand in hand.
Staying in an all-inclusive resort or villa that offers exemplary customer service and will cater for your every need. This will make your Barbados getaway just that little bit more enjoyable.
Sandal’s Barbados is an award-winning all-inclusive resort that offers you the very best of all things imaginable.
- New swim up suites
- Unlimited room service for butler and club guests
- Romantic fire pits
- Vibrant night life around the resort
- Fine dining at 11 restaurants
- Unlimited premium spirits
- Unlimited Mondavi wines
- Sandals first ever Indian Restaurant
- 7 full service bars including swim up pool bar
- 3 pools and 2 whirlpools
- Complementary scuba diving
- Unlimited land and water sports
- Free non-stop round-trip airport transfers
- Exclusive club Sandals and departure lounges
- Free Wi-Fi in all rooms and public areas
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Luxury Villas & Chateaux
Oliver’s Travels have a huge range of luxury villas & chateaux for you to choose from. They have bespoke, exceptional homes with breathtaking views that will make your Barbados getaway something very special.
Oliver’s Travels cater for anyone looking for a Barbados getaway from a couples retreat to large family holidays. Their villas can comfortably sleep from 2 people to 50 people depending on the home chosen.
If you are looking at the possibility of planning a wedding abroad, why not add the romantic touch and say ‘I do’ in a beautiful picturesque chateaux or stately home. Oliver’s Travels will work through the logistics with their own dedicated wedding consultant.
Always at your service, Oliver’s Travels will be able to organise car hire, transfers, catering and local activities through their Free Concierge Service to make your dream escape even more relaxing.
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Make sure to try out some of these restaurants once your there, you’ll not be disappointed!
Where to dine
Throughout the island, there are a variety of cooking styles and cuisines that make Barbados one of the best places to dine. There are a number of places that do offer beautiful fine dining options that include Italian, Japanese, Mediterranean, French, Chinese and Bajan food.
On Barbados north coast you can dine at:
- Reef Restaurant & Bar (British, Vegetarian Friendly)
- Horizons Restaurant & Grill (Themed buffets complete with a full carvery)
- The Fairmont Royal Pavilion Restaurant (Caribbean, Seafood, European)
On Barbados east coast you can dine at:
- Atlantis Hotel and Restaurant (Caribbean, Vegetarian Friendly)
- L’Azure (Caribbean, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly)
- Zen (Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian, Thai)
- Round house Inn Restaurant and Bar (Caribbean, Seafood, International)
On Barbados south coast you can dine at:
- Champers Wine Bar & Restaurant (American, Caribbean, Seafood, Mediterranean, European)
- Rachel’s Bar and Restaurant (Bajan, European, Seafood)
- Asiago Authentic Italian Restaurant (Italian)
On Barbados west coast you can dine at:
- The Cliff Restaurant (Caribbean, Seafood, International, Mediterranean, European)
- La Salsa Restaurant (International, Caribbean, Bajan)
- The Tides Restaurant (Caribbean, Seafood, European, Vegetarian Friendly)
As Barbados was under British rule for over 300 years, you will see that the towns and architecture is very evident of this. Walking around the streets you will feel like you are walking down a street in England.
In the late 1600s, Barbados was the worlds leading producer of sugar cane and English planters were very rich and successful as a result of this. You can see this from the stately manor homes throughout the island which you can still visit today.
There were many English planters that enslaved the local people and used them to tend the sugar plantations until the abolition of slavery in 1834. Barbados then gained independence from Britain in 1966.
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